The climate crisis demands urgent action to transition to a low-carbon future. Canada is going in the wrong direction – we are stuck in the tar sands, the fastest growing source of our greenhouse gas emissions. Our government’s focus on export-oriented trade in the name of becoming an “energy superpower” is trumping needed action on climate change and energy security. Climate justice demands that we address the root causes of the climate crisis, including unsustainable production, consumption and trade. Real solutions must be based on democratic accountability, ecological sustainability and social justice.
Local climate justice campaigns
In the face of global and national inaction, local communities play a vital role in advancing climate justice.
The Council of Canadians works with our chapters and allies to advance local campaigns to challenge climate crimes, advance real solutions to the climate crisis, and broaden the Canadian movement for climate justice. Examples of local climate justice actions you can take include participating in a transition town, stopping a pipeline or fracking project, and demanding public and community ownership of renewable energy projects.
Green Economy Network
The Council of Canadians is a member of the Green Economy Network (GEN). This network has come together as members of unions, environmental and social justice organizations to form a common front of civil society groups for the building of a green economy in Canada. GEN is running a One Million Climate Jobs campaign. By investing up to 5% of the annual federal budget in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and public transportation, over five years Canada could create one million new jobs while reducing our annual greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 35%.